Analyst Profile

Joe Skorupa

Joe Skorupa

VP Distinguished Analyst

11 years at Gartner ,  37 years industry experience
Fremont, CA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Joe Skorupa's research centers on advanced network architectures, focusing on software-defined networking (SDN)/network virtualization/OpenFlow converged infrastructures and fabric-based infrastructure. He also specializes in maximizing application performance via application delivery controllers (Layer 4-7 switching), Web front-end optimization and WAN optimization. In 2011, Mr. Skorupa led a team of 15 Gartner analysts who developed breakthrough scenario-planning-based research on the future of the data center market. In 2014, he led a second Thought Leadership Award-winning research project on disruptive forces impacting the data center market. Mr. Skorupa also advises vendors on product, market and partnership strategies and mergers/acquisitions. Through extensive collaboration, his research extends to intersections between networking and servers, storage and data center management software. He frequently collaborates with colleagues covering business continuity/disaster recovery, application development, unified communications and data center optimization.

Areas of Coverage

  • Networking & Communications Equipment


Previous Experience

Mr. Skorupa has more than 35 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has held a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola and RHK.

Professional Background

Bytex, Sr. Director, Product Planning and Management, 4 years
FORE Systems, Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Management, 4 years
RHK, VP Switching and Routing, 3 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2005
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2011
Gartner Thought Leadership Award, 2014


B.A., Indiana University
Member of IEEE: Member of the IEEE 802.3 committee for more than eight years and chaired the 802.3 Network Management Task Force for four years